According to rumors, the iPad mini is already going into production in Brazil. This comes from–wait for it: an unnamed source of Japanese blog Macotakara. It’s not clear whether there is also manufacturing going on in China, where Apple’s devices are usually made.
The source also says that the final unit being used for production does not have the back microphone, which was added to the iPhone 5 and shown off in iPad mini mock-ups and leaks.
No one knows when the tablet will debut, but some have speculated that October 17 may be the day.